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What keeps UK-Russia ill will so entrenched?

I recently spoke with Oksana Boyko on her World's Apart show on why the UK and Russia have such a difficult relationship. It's clear to me that there is deep-rooted enmity on both sides and that a decade of refusing to engage at a political level - i.e. since the start of the Ukraine crisis in 2014 - has made matters worse. I also spoke about the UK's inevitable drift towards closer alignment with the US after Brexit. I argue that the tendency of both partners in the "special relationship" to pick sides in global conflicts, including in Gaza and in Ukraine, reduces the credibility of our statecraft and weakens efforts to find long-term solutions. Tune in to the attached video to hear more.

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